Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Container Plantings

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Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Purple’ with Jasminum Frojas’ and Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’ July 4 07Do you ever look at pictures of perfectly groomed container plantings and wonder what they look like a few weeks or months later? I guess I’m a little cynical about the whole container-gardening thing, because I tend to put in too many plants to make them look good at first, then they’re already out of balance a few weeks into the summer. Plus, watering is my least favorite gardening chore, and fertilizing? Forget it. Last year, I finally accepted that I’m just not suited for container gardening, so I limited myself to just a few special potted plants, and it was a tremendous relief. Now I’m free to admire the design skills and dedication of those of you who succeed with container plantings without feeling guilty about failing with my own.

I know both Fran and Steve have lots of experience with container gardening, and I’ve seen some great-looking container plantings on various blogs over the last six months, so maybe those of you with the know-how can show the rest of us how it’s done. Tell us what kinds of containers you like to use, and show off some of your favorite potted combinations, either in your own garden or elsewhere. And if you have any secrets for keeping them looking great through the growing season, please share them. Pots, planters, troughs, and windowboxes, from formal and elegant to rustic or quirky, any kind of container counts!

If you’re new to the Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop, here’s how it works: Write a post on any container-related topic on your own blog and leave a link here (archived posts count too), or jot down your thoughts in a comment below. At the end of the month, I’ll gather all of the links into one summary post for easy reference. If you’re interested in checking out previous GBD Workshops, you can find them here:
Paths and Walkways
Fences and Walls
Arbors and Pergolas
Color in the Garden

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Nancy J. Ondra

Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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